CHAr. ATTACK ON CHATTANOOGA, TENN. 919
JUNE 7-8, 1862.—Attack on Chattanooga, Tenn.
No. 1.—Maj. Gen. Ormsby M. Mitchel, U. S. Army.
No. 2.—Brig. Gen. James S. Negley, U. S. Army.
No. 3.—Col. Henry A. Hambright, Seventy-ninth Pennsylvania Infantry.
No. 4.—Maj. Gen. E. Kirby Smith, C. S. Army.
Report of Maj. Gen. Ormsby M. Mitchel, U. S. Army.
HUNTSVILLE, ALA., June 10, 1862.
Yours received. The officers are ordered to remain on duty. The
boat to cross locomotives will be ready on Friday. We are rebuilding
the bridges on the Decatur and Nashville road ; there remains a gap
of 32 miles. The expedition to Chattanooga was a complete success.
General Negley could not cross, but drove the rebels out of town,
and,General Kirby Smith came from Knoxville and was in the second
day's fight. He brought with him seven or eight regiments, but they
all left. General Negley is on the march to McMinnville, at which
point the rebels are said to have a camp. An expedition under Gen-
eral Dumont will co-operate and. will advance from Murfreesborough.
0. M. MITCHEL.
Reports of Brig. Gen. James S. Negley, U. S. Army.
HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,
Before Chattanooga, Tenn., June 7, 1862-10 a. m.
SIR : Yesterday morning moved Colonel Sill's command direct to
Shell Mound, to divert the enemy opposite that point ; also prevent
them from crossing. Colonel Sill found two pieces of artillery in posi-
tion and opened upon it without reply. As I expected, they threw
heavy re-enforcements to that point last night, expecting the attack to be
made there. Colonel Scott and Captain Shaeffer's Pennsylvania cavalry
were sent from. Jasper by a path through the mountain, which resulted in
surprising and capturing ,the enemy's pickets at the ferry and prevent-
ing the further retreat of Adams' men over the river. My main force
came by Anderson's road. Colonel Scribner's command is occupying
an important point, which I omit alluding to, except by saying that it is
for the benefit of Starnes and his cavalry, who are now at Altamont. ï
We captured a large number of rebel cavalry pickets and scouts ; also
a large quantity of contraband stores. The Union people are wild
with joy, while the rebels are panic-stricken. Colonel Morgan is in
Chattanooga ; also General Adams. The enemy's force there is about
3,000, with ten pieces of artillery. The gunboat has not been heard
from as yet ; we are looking for it this morning. Two steamboats have
left Chattanooga for Knoxville. We shall soon need supplies. Can
we get them from Bellefonte or Stevenson ? Will send you further
news this evening.
JAS. S. NEGLEY,
General 0. M. MITCHEL, Huntsville, Ala.